5 Fake News About Jesus Found in the Bible

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Fake news had been a household name in this social media saturated culture. In the past you can get fake ID’s, fake flowers, fake eyelashes etc., But never would we imagine a day there are fake news. This kind of news has only one agenda, that is to deceive people.

In the Bible, there are somewhat instances that are similar to fake news in our times. They are aim to blur Christ, His identity and works. Isn’t that what fake news are for? Here are five of them that talks about Jesus:

Jesus’ resurrection is a hoax. Disproving the bodily resurrection of Christ is not just a product of modern times. Before the Passover Plot or The Da Vinci Code made such claims, the people who conspire in crucifying the Lord concocted another conspiracy.

“While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers and said, “Tell people, His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.” – Matthew 28: 11-15

The fake news spread of the alleged resurrection hoax. However, the Christian message caught fire and out spread the lies that the opponents of Christ are trying to assimilate. The resurrection of Christ is where the Christian faith hinges. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15: 14:

“…and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is without foundation, and so is your faith.”

Jesus is just another Old Testament prophet. As Jesus ministry gain prominence, people started speculating who He really is.

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”—Matthew 16: 13-19

As the passage indicates, knowing Christ is not dependent on popular opinion but it’s how God disclose it to someone. God has the last say on the identity of Christ.

False Christ in the end times. Before His second coming, we will hear fake news of a fake Christ and lots of them.

“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. So, if they say to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.” – Matthew 24:23- 28

 As you can see, many will claim as Christ and deceive many even the true Christians. As we all know, there are couple of these fakes all throughout history and will continue till the true Christ comes. And that’s no fake news!

Jesus is a drunkard and a glutton. Accusations to deter Christ character abound in those time. Because He meet people in need of the spiritual physician, He often invited to parties that the religious crowd calls sinners.

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”—Matthew 11: 18-19

While the religious group look at the peripherals, Jesus points them to the fruit of their actions which shows the wisdom. The ministry approach of Jesus and John doesn’t fit the box these religious crowd had set up but in truth what they did wise.

Jesus didn’t came in the flesh. If in our modern times some people had a hard time believing in the deity of Jesus, in apostle John time, they had it the opposite. They don’t want to believe that God the Son came to the world as a human being. So before Arius made headlines centuries later, these people are causing quite a stir over the church of God with their fake news.

“For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist.” – 2 John 1: 7

The last apostle, John the Beloved, wants to set the record straight that those who teach these are false teachers. These teachers are into Gnosticism and they are polar opposite with the Christian message.

 

8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Unashamed” by Lecrae Moore

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I started the year by checking some of the free audiobooks I accumated by subscribing at Christian Audio. I want to listen to something. If I’m enjoying podcasts over Spotify these audiobooks will fill my time with spiritual stuff. So I started with a biography from a prominent Christian and secular rapper, Lecrae.

So here’s some quotes from that bio book, Unashamed by Lecrae Moore. If you like these quotes please get the book in either physical, e-book or audiobook.

“If you live for people’s acceptance, you’ll die from their rejection.”

“If you are a politician, you don’t have a “secular” job. If you are a computer programmer, you don’t have a “secular” job. The term secular is defined as an attitude, activity, or thing that has no religious or spiritual basis. But there is nothing on the planet that God isn’t ruling over. Everything a believer touches and uses in a way that honors God is, in a sense, no longer “secular.”

“Success is not what I’ve done compared with what others have done. Success is what I’ve done compared with what God has called me to do.”

“But before God could change me, He needed to mature me. And before God could mature me, He needed to move me.”

“There is no such thing as Christian rap and secular rap. Only people can become Christians. Music can’t accept Jesus into its heart. So I am not trying to make Christian music or secular music. I’m just making music. Hip-hop, like all music, is a good thing. I could use it for evil by filling it with violence and misogyny and profanity. Or I can use it to glorify God.”

“A person can be removed from slavery in an instant, but it takes a lifetime for slavery to be removed from a person.”

“Two thousand years ago, the apostle John wrote, “For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.”17 Not much has changed in two millennia. Achieving what the world calls “success” has taught me that these are still three of the world’s main temptations.”

“Even though He knew all my mistakes, God still died for me. I don’t even like God, and God loves me. Despite everything, God bought me at a price.”

8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “A Week in the Life of A Greco-Roman Woman” by Holly Beers

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After Christmas I’m back with my final reads for 2019 and this decade. I’ll be working on with the review that will be posted soon.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, A Week in the Life of A Greco-Roman Woman by Dr. Holly Beers published by Inter Varsity Press. If you like these quotes, please get yourself a copy of this book by ordering here.

“Paul, you insult me! Surely no educated man in Asia could believe such nonsense! You say that the one true god of the world has appointed this man Jesus as judge over all of us and that his resurrection is proof of this?”
Paul’s response was equally passionate. “Yes! And the appropriate response is repentance, which means giving up our own agendas and priorities and living as this god created us to live!”

“The tone of Paul’s response caught Anthia’s attention, though she missed the end of the sentence because she could no longer hear. “Sometimes our eyes cannot see what is true. The one true god of the world has seated Jesus at his right hand in the heavenly realms. Jesus is lord over . . .” As Eutaxia had explained, Paul didn’t sound angry or superior. He sounded . . . excited. Joyful”

“Iarine just smiled and touched her arm. Iarine smiled, a thoughtful look on her face. “Yes, I’ve heard about all of it, and I know Paul.” She paused. “We have joined the Way,” she said, looking at Anthia directly. “We are now part of
the group of people throughout the world who prepare for and participate in the true god’s rule. Our allegiance is with Jesus, who is this god in human form. Jesus comforts, heals, restores,
and makes it possible for people of different tribes and peoples to come together as brothers and sisters.” She paused again, then added, “He also judges, as the true sovereign should.”

“Wait,” Linus insisted. “This Jesus is the first new human? I thought he was a god. Didn’t Paul say that he is healing only through the name and power of Jesus?”“He is both, apparently,” Zotike answered, and her husband nodded from his place next to her. “We’re not sure if Jesus is like the emperor, or if his ‘man-ness’ and ‘god-ness’ work differently,” she added.”

“When I was finally close enough, I
told him about Euxinus. I begged him to heal our son, and told him that while I couldn’t pay him, I would be willing to trade services at our fullery if he needed anything laundered.” Lampo
shook his head in disbelief. “Paul didn’t want money. He said that he isn’t healing in his own power; he is healing in the name of a man named Jesus, and Jesus heals as a demonstration of the kind of lord he is. He is a ruler who heals and restores; those are the
priorities of his kingdom.”

“The true god of the world,” declared Paul, “is the one who created all things, including humans. That god sent Jesus as the new man to show all of us how to truly live, and those who commit to Jesus and honor him with their lives will be raised into resurrected bodies as he was.”

“Priscilla took advantage of the silence, adding quickly, “Friends, I don’t want us to lose sight of the bigger picture. Jesus
is the true savior, the true lord, and these healings and exorcisms are a demonstration of that. He calls us to respond and commit to his lordship with our lives.”

““How?” Anthia questioned. “How does Jesus create a new humanity and unity among people?” “Paul talked a lot about the peace and reconciliation that Jesus
brings, peace that overcomes hostility between different peoples.” 

6 Reasons Why The Pastor’s Curse is Unbiblical

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Like my previous article about pastor’s being untouchable because of the claim that they are anointed ones by God, this article has no intention to be disrespectful to any pastors or church. This post is motivated to bring light to some claims that are unbiblical that brings harm to the church and gives dishonor to God. Often some are labeled as rebels and liberals for speaking or posting these kinds of issues that might divide the church. But in reality, comparing some long held traditions of men with what the Bible really have to say is something that every Christians should be concern.

If we are who we claim to be, a Bible believing Christians who puts the Bible as the sole authority then we should examine some practices if indeed it’s biblical. And if it isn’t we should heed to what the Bible tells us rather from fallible teachings if men.

Some within the fundamentalist Baptist group and charismatic groups has this belief that a minister of God’s Word has a power to curse a member, specifically if he causes problems with the church and to the pastor. A pastor’s curse essentially will give someone sickness or unfortunate events because he disobeyed the pastor. But the question is: is this practice biblical? Turning to Scripture we can find this practice wanting. So to further make a case against this practice, here’s 6 reasons why I believe the pastor’s curse is unbiblical.

We are told to rebuke, correct, reproof and exhort but not to pronounce a curse. In 2 Timothy 4:2, we are told to preach the Scriptures for rebuke, correct, reproof and exhort someone. Scripture is enough to the job. This is the primary work of Timothy and so should every minister of the word. Pronouncing a curse to someone was not mentioned.

Vengeance is of the Lord. The Word of God tells us not to retaliate but hand over the matter to God. For God promise revenge to His child that experienced mistreatment if there is . That is what Romans 12: 19 explicitly states. So a pastor should not make room for any retaliation because God will not give a blind eye. Revenge including pronouncing a curse to a person only means one thing: we don’t trust God’s Word.

No special powers bestowed to a pastor. Just like the claim that we should not “touch the anointed”, the pastor’s curse has no bearings in the Scripture whatsoever. Sure, some prophets,apostles and even Jesus did curse (a fig tree), but that’s within the time frame of the Bible where charismatic gifts are active. So we should ask: in what biblical passage do we find the pastor’s curse? Where do we find in the Bible that a pastor is commanded to pronounce a curse?

Church discipline is prescribed. Matthew 18: 15-17 lays a step by step procedure on how a believer is disciplined by the church.  Keep it in mind that this is done like a father would discipline a son. As a church we should do this in a way that we still love the one who is undergoing this action. So since this is prescribed and should be done with love,  why doesn’t it make room for the pastor’s curse? Also is cursing  a loving way to deal with a sinning member?

Excommunication is also prescribed. If the member won’t repent, church discipline will lead to public exposure and excommunication. This is to treat unrepentant members as unbelievers and avoid having fellowship with them . This is already severe but nevertheless prescribed, so why do a pastor need to curse someone? Again the pastor’s curse was never mentioned as part of the excommunication of a member so why practice it?

We should be careful with our tongue. James 3: 3-10 states that we should be careful with our tongue for it’s where blessing and cursing comes. Then why would a pastor resort in to cursing when we are told to be to use our tongue to bless? Isn’t it an unbecoming of someone that is a servant of God if he is cursing a person that won’t get along with him or the church?  If a pastor is insisting to have this power to curse then he is disqualifying himself as a channel of blessing to members even to those he considers as prodigals.

As we can see the pastor’s curse doesn’t exist in the Scripture. It’s unnecessary and it’s unloving. It’s a person vendetta of the pastor rather than a means seek restoration of fellowship.  May we submit ourselves to the pure teachings of the Bible concerning discipline than from a falliable and unfruitful practices that dishonor God.

 

 

Superhero Movies Has (Moral) Issues

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Thanos infamous snap in Infinity War launched people not just to awe to the visuals and narrative, but also questions his motives to wipe out 50 % of all the living beings in the universe. Rarely a film would do that specially a superhero movie.

If youre a Marvel fan and followed the MCU over the decade it seems that we just go to the norm in watching a movie. We go to the movies, buy the ticket, sit down, munch our popcorn,leave feeling great and anticipating the next movie of this saga. We admire Captain America and Ironman. We got divided on which side we will go to (in the movie Civil War). And how about the sacrifice of Ironman as he takes the gauntlet and snaps back everything Thanos took away in the finale of the saga that is Avengers: Endgame.

We don’t just leave our movie houses and forget what we have watched. We bring it to our homes, to our life and to our family. We talk about it over dinner or in our coffee breaks at the office. We talk how the good story is and stunning visual effects. But there is something that we should ponder beyond that. The moral aspects of the movie. Thanos came not just to bring terror to the big screen. He came to make us think of morality. Pondering the moral issues of our superhero movies is pondering our very depth of our being. The one that has an eternal imprint.

Superhero movies matter because it shows us what reality is. Of course, it’s impossible to see aliens crashing on earth saved by his parents from the destruction of their planet. Nor we can find a Norse god who wields a hammer. The moral essence of these movies shows the reality we live in. It goes beyond the creators, the screen writers, directors and to the movie geeks. We might not admit it, it’s one of the reason why we watch it. The heroism and it’s an inescapable fact that we live on that reality. Any other way will plunge you to absurdity. These are more than some plot holes in the movie. We share something in ourselves with this movies.

Years ago I enjoyed reading this website that list down superheroes and their respective believes. You can read some of our beloved heroes are pagan, nominal Catholics and atheist.  Superman is a Christian, according to this website and it’s no brainer that his convictions shaped him. What shaped him is what affects what he’s decisions and actions are when engaging the world. Whether you’re a Christian, Buddhist or atheist, you have this lens that you use to look at the world. We call that a worldview. However, there lots of worldview out there but we should ask,what’s is the worldview that is compatible to the reality we are into? Moreover, the worldview that is compatible to this world would eventually answer ultimate questions about life.

As I ‘m writing this, the teaser trailer for the Black Widow and Wonder Woman’s 1984 dropped. Both female superhero movies that will grace the silver screens on 2020. One is a former Russian spy who left to side with good. Another is a goddess who want to use her powers for humanity. Again we are facing isssues of morality. Why would Black Widow leave her former organization to do what’s right? Should we be concern if Wonder Woman will just be indifferent with the issues of humanity and stay in her island? That would’nt be a good movie. It will be a recipe for a blockbuster flop. More than that, we won’t consider them SUPERHEROES if they do the contrary. Should superheroes be good or do selfish acts? Of course, but why? This is more than what society, culture, media or values we hold on. It’s were we anchor the very beliefs we have. How do we justify these fictional characters behavior without anchoring it to a standard beyond ourselves?

3 Things To Consider To Have A Balanced View of the Holidays

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Time and time again, we Christians go into a dispute over how we consider the holidays and everything that goes along with it. So I’ll address three issues here for I consider them as the most common that spills over social media. In this way we can give a balanced view of the holidays and enjoy it for God’s glory.

Ground it with facts and real history.  What does a history lesson got to do in celebrating with the holidays? It is to save faces and our testimony as a Christian that is. Whenever the holiday  comes, there are Christians that have some objections to some holidays. They will post their rant over Facebook for everyone to read. Whether it’s the use of the word Xmas or the practice of having Easter eggs, to the date of December 25, all seems to be a big pagan conspiracy that will keep Christians and unbelievers blinded by Satan. 

Sadly some so-called pagan origins of different holidays and traditions that comes with it are standing on faulty speculations, conspiracies and a whole lot of sensationalism. Although some believers meant it with all honesty, well being honest is not enough, even if your pastor told it . Honesty AND a healthy dose of facts with a well researched history will do the work.  Let’s throw in the hat some logic to add sense and dispel conspiracies. Do you love truth and want to please God? Get the facts straight! 

Have a biblical view of drinking and eating. You cannot separate holidays without sharing a hearty meal with your love ones.  That completes our holiday experience of being together. So how can we have a biblical view of drinking and eating? One common thing to do is to do it for the Lord.

Although the Bible condemns excessive drinking or drunkenness, it doesn’t prohibit drinking in itself. Many will object with this (and get bashed) however the Bible made it clear and we shouldn’t teach what is beyond what is already revealed.  Let us not put our own teachings against those already been instructed in God’s Word. So Christians go ahead drink, if you can handle alcohol and be moderate in drinking.

Some good Christians I know view drinking as evil, but resorts to eating to make up for not indulging to it. So they turn to eating as a way of consolation over something they consider prohibited by the Bible. Like excessive drinking, excessive eating is prohibited in the Bible. Both falls to the word, gluttony. The Bible declares it sinful. So we should have a moderate way of feasting that will connect us with our family, have fun and glorify God.

It’s an opportunity to get some rest and honor God through it. Although some holidays here in the Philippines are not geared for Christians like fiestas or Ramadan, it is not something for Christians to be guilty of if it feels like those non working holiday are like making us observing those events. Rather drag ourselves to still go to the office (if possible) and seek consolation of having a double pay, we should rest and don’t feel bad about it. It’s beneficial to the physical and spiritual well-being. And God will be honored with your rest. That goes also to churches and ministries that have employees or workers. Don’t let your workers get caught in traffic because of the religious parade just because you don’t want to observe the holiday.

Another thing, churches and ministries should consider not grabbing the opportunity for holding some activities and programs during holidays. Rather that to rest and be with the family as a blessing, churches will likely have an event for believers that could have been set on other time or day. Let us keep in mind in those family gatherings, God might use your members to reach out his loved ones.

I hope this article brought some clarity on what we should do with the holidays. Believers should be reminded that these are not doctrinal errors but a matter of preference that Christians has as freedom to agree or disagree without being legalistic. In these non essential things, may we show grace to one another as Christ showed grace to us sinners. Isn’t that what a popular holiday in December is all about?

Book Review: Carpe Diem Redeemed by Os Guinness

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Before you dig in with this review, I would like to invite you to read my favorite quotes from this book by clicking this link just in case you missed it.

Carpe Diem Redeemed is a book of kaleidoscopic convergence of different topics pertaining to time. From history, atheism, purpose, salvation, significance, truth to culture, wars, philosophy, anti-intellectualism, chronological snobbery, nostalgia, destiny all came together under one book and was handled with superb care by Guinness setting a path to the God of the Bible who has superior clarity of what it means of making much of our moment. Sure this is one endeavor that is monumental however Guinness gave us the lenses of an intellect and another is for the average Joe.

The Introduction is a bit intimidating because of the multiple quotes from prominent persons which has something to do book. Then again it serves as some appetizer of sort for the reader. It gives you the thought that whoever you are, time is essential to you. Another is that it lets you know that this small volume is filled to the brim of biblical insights on time.

As you step into the ever first chapter, you’ll find how old school Os Guinness in writing (and I think that’s why the book cover looks like something from the 80’s or 90’s cover design). The chapters are large even in this small book and the insights from Os feels like your reading an editorial.  There are lots of going on as he unravels his thoughts in the subject matter that are one point engaging then in another you’ll get overwhelm you’ll get lost along the way. In those places I suggest to keep on reading till you get back to the path. Also it will be beneficial if you’ll read this in a slow pace and consider re-reading if you miss out something from this book.

Don’t expect Os Guinness to throw bullet points about time management that easy. He did give some ways to redeem the moment but it’s sandwiched in between. Those takeaways are at “the eye of the storm” of the book, as Guinness unfolds what it really means for a Christian to seize the moment.

I like the way he incorporate his life with his family as Christians in China in this book. You won’t put down this book without being moved or into tears with his story. It’s a fascinating read as you near the end of this book.

Carpe Diem Redeemed is a short read but be prepare as Guinness shares his intellectual and biblical insights that will floor you. Redeeming the time never had this intellectually satisfying taste. So dig in and feast on this great book.

My verdict:

4.5 out of 5

(InterVarsity Press provided the digital copy for this review)

 

The Freebie Round-Up #60

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It’s the last week of November and it’s Christmas month next week! Yay! It will be a busy month for all of us as we anticipate the holidays. Let us take the opportunity to be more Christ like despite focusing our attention to the upcoming festivities.

Anyways, here’s a list of great freebies that are waiting to be downloaded. And if your new here to this post or you missed out other freebie round-ups, check the links to those post at the end of this article.

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Free leader’s guide “The Way Forward” by Joe Barnard – Well the actual book is not yet release but you can download this free leader’s guide that breaks the book into 10 weeks of study for small group. And while you on it, check out some quotes from the book here.

FREE printable “My Bible Primer ABC’s” by Raising Covenant Children – This free primer is based on the New England Primer that let’s kids see essential Bible themes in an alphabet.

FREE ebook “Faith Blueprints: A Practical Guide to Culture” by Brent Knukle and John Stonestreet  –  And the freebie is back. Read this good book and you can dive into it in this sort of Cliff Notes version.

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FREE study guide “Westminster’s Confession and Catechism” – Glad someone post this on an FB group that I may share it to you. Download for free 20 week syllabus and watch video sessions of this study.

FREE tons of new resources from Log College Press– LCP is busy updating new free stuff so they put the collection in one blog post. New materials and authors to get some biblical insights with a Presbyterian perspective.

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FREE e-book “The Church is A Family” by AAron Armstrong and Chris Surratt-  This is a very short free ebook but a good read presented by The Gospel Project.

Free e-book “J. I. Packer: An Evangelical Life” by Leland Ryken- This month’s free ebook from Faithlife takes us to the life one of the foremost Christian theologian of our time, J. I. Packer. If you have an account with Faithlife, it will automatically save this ebook in you account and you can read it online.

By the way, to my Pinoy friends do you want to learn how to self-publish your book? Here’s a step by step video from Loida Bauto an AVM survivor and a PWD vlogger:

Do you want more freebies? Check out these past blog post:

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “The Way Forward” by Joe Barnard

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I’m back with lots of great news for you. Well I won’t tell it now but I’ll share it in a couple of weeks or so. All I can say to it now is: it’s massive.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the 2020 release book, The Way Forward by Joe Barnard published by Christian Focus. Stay tuned to this blog for upcoming book review and information on ordering this book.

“If seen and appreciated with a heart of faith, the glory of God will affect the soul of a man in two ways. First, it will humble a man. Second, it will inspire a man.”

“The problem is not that men don’t love God or that men don’t value spiritual maturity. The problem is that they love minor goods more than the Greatest Good and that they value little things above the Chief Thing. At the end of the day, love always wins. Whatever a man loves most will direct the course of his life. If a man loves wrongly, he will live wrongly.”

“Being captivated by the glory of Christ is the secret to mounting a coup against a false god. “

“Christians are called to narrow their worship and to invest their spiritual devotion in a single god, in spite of the idols around them. The calling is difficult. The only way ultimately to avoid being taken captive by an idol is to be captivated by Christ.”

” Once a man is captivated by the glory of Christ he will sacrifice anything, endure anything, to be near to Christ, know Christ, and please Christ. He will declare, ‘Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you’ (Ps. 73:25-6). “

“Whoever does not desire Christ above all will not be willing to give up all to have Him. This is no exaggeration. This is the honest truth, a truth that contemporary men need to hear.”

“If men do not have a clear and true perspective of the Christian life, they will not understand what they are attempting, and thus the attempt itself will be naive and ill-measured.”

“Nothing is more basic to Christianity than the need to live by faith, not sight, which is to say by long-term, not short-term vision.”

8 Favorite Quotes From The Book “Beyond the Big C” by Jeremy Marshall

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Beyond the Big C by Jeremy Marshall is a nice diversion from reading Write Better which I’m at the half way point of it. I usually do this to reboot my mind and when I’m through with it, I’ll go back to the main book I’m reading.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, Beyond the Big C published by 10 of Those. If you like these quotes, please get yourself a copy of this book by ordering here.

“I am convinced that God has allowed cancer to happen to me for his own reasons which I don’t understand at the moment. But I am also convinced that when I meet God face to face, everything will fall into place and I will see how he used me (and all his children) for his own glory.”

“God’s answer to suffering and pain is not theological truths, useful though they can be, but the humanity, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This means that, if we are Christ’s, we are never alone.”

“Cancer is the great disrupter –changing, complicating and sometimes even breaking relationships. Cancer (and death in general) is awful not only because it makes communication difficult and painful, but because, ultimately, it will end communication completely.”

“Being a Christian is not an insurance policy against disaster: if anything, it’s perhaps the reverse. Crucially, suffering and cancer is not a sign of God’s displeasure – because we are not accepted or protected by God on the basis of how good we are.”

“When I first had cancer, I didn’t go to the doctor because I didn’t know I had it. In the same way, the biggest danger is thinking something like ‘well, I never did anyone any wrong’. Even if that’s true (which I very much doubt), our biggest wrong is not against each other – but against God.”

“The amazing message of the Christian faith is this: that while, by nature, we are rebels against God, God came into the world as a human being and died on a cross for us. He did this not while we were his friends, but while we were his enemies; not while we loved him, but while we hated him.”

“For the Christian, death has lost its sting. Because of Jesus’ resurrection, those who trust Christ have nothing to fear for our bodies in death, for they will be changed: we will rise again, wonderfully remade in the image of the Lord. All of the pains and suffering of life will be gone.”

“God’s ultimate ‘treatment’ is not a philosophy or theology or morality – but a person. When nothing else makes sense, and nothing else is left, Jesus is there and he will hold us fast: if we will only trust in him.”